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stripling

Definition: (noun) A juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity.
Synonyms:adolescent, teenager
Usage:He appeared on a jutting headland by the shore of the fruitless sea, seeming like a stripling in the first flush of manhood. Discuss.

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Thomas Cook

Cook was an English travel agent who, in 1841, founded the travel agency that bears his name. After his idea of the guided tour met with success, he established his Circular Tour of Europe and, later, tours of the US. The company was nationalized in 1948, but it went into decline when it failed to offer the "package holiday" that had recently gained popularity. The agency has been owned by private companies since 1972. Cook's agency began arranging travel to what exotic destination in the 1880s? More... Discuss

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The Battle of Killiecrankie (1689)

Fought between Scottish highland clans supporting James II and VII and the government troops of William of Orange, the Battle of Killiecrankie occurred in Scotland during the first Jacobite uprising in 1689. Outnumbered, barefoot, and armed mostly with claymores—large, double-edged broadswords—the highlanders, led by John Graham of Claverhouse, used their position on the steep Pass of Killiecrankie to force a retreat. Despite the victory, Claverhouse was killed. What became of the revolt? More... Discuss

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Charlotte Corday (1768)

Although of aristocratic background, Corday sympathized with the moderate Girondists during the French Revolution. Horrified at the excesses of the Reign of Terror, she gained an audience with one of its leaders, Jean-Paul Marat, by promising to betray the Girondists and stabbed him through the heart while he was in his bath. Arrested on the spot, she was convicted by the Revolutionary Tribunal and guillotined four days later. Why was Marat in the bath at the time of their meeting? More... Discuss

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I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) Discuss

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n. A small crown worn by princes and princesses and by other nobles below the rank of sovereign
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North Korea Victory Day

Victory Day marks the end of the Korean War, the three-year conflict between North Korea and South Korea. On July 27, 1953, the opponents signed an armistice that formally ended the war. Victory Day is a public holiday observed throughout North Korea. Officials and citizens mark the occasion by laying wreaths and flowers at military cemeteries and monuments nationwide. In the capital city, Pyongyang, public celebrations can include displays by military personnel, dance performances, and youth oratorical events. More... Discuss

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